BOONEVILLE (KFSM) — According to Logan County Sheriff Boyd Hicks, the Booneville Police Chief was shot early Wednesday morning (April 26).
Chief Albert Brown and other officers were responding to a suicide call around 1:30 a.m. at a home in Booneville city limits when the reportedly suicidal man came out of the home with two guns, according to Sheriff Hicks. The suspect was identified as Gregory Rongey.
Chief Brown tried to tackle and disarm Rongey and a struggle ensued, according to a department press release.
Chief Brown was shot in the left leg and dislocated his shoulder. He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith where he’s listed in stable condition, and is expected to be released soon.
Officers on scene did not return fire, and Rongey was questioned at the Booneville Police Department, Hicks said. Arkansas State Police is also helping with the investigation and will be filing charges in the case.
“I think the easy route out would have been to go ahead and shoot and then take the guy out if you want to say. But he chose to take the weapon away from him and save his life and that’s when he got shot,” said Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins.
Rongey was booked into the Logan County jail on a first degree battery charge.